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threatens to rattle the economy. after years of cutting out credit card use, why shoppers are getting back into the swipe of things. plus, could a tumble off the fiscal cliff hurt the markets? one trader says don't fall for the hype. first business starts now. you're watching first business: financial news, analysis, and today's investment ideas. good morning. it's friday, december 28th. i'm angela miles. in today's first look: watch your neck. the market is a head-turner. yesterday the dow dropped more than 100 points on word out of washington a resolution to the fiscal cliff was unlikely. but president obama returned early from vacation and is said to have a new proposal to offer congress, sparking a rally that left the dow down just 19 points. reports are swirling apple is moving production of its mac mini computers to foxconn plants in the u.s. apple may also be working on a smart watch. and, the new york stock exchange landed the most ipo for 2012. larry levin of trading advantage joins us now. larry, it feels like we are already hanging off that cliff. > > it definitely feels that wa
gains. s&p strategist sam stovall joins us with where he sees stocks headed in 2013. that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! washington lawmakers are getting close to a fiscal cliff deal, but they might not get it done before the midnight deadline tonight. the senate could vote in time, but it's possible the house will wait until tuesday. that means the u.s. could go over the fiscal cliff. on wall street today, investors bought up stocks on high hopes of deal, after president obama said this afternoon a deal is "in sight," and positive comments from republican leaders in the senate. here's how e major averagesr closed on this last trading day of 2012. the dow surged 166 points, the nasdaq jumped about 60, and the s&p rose almost 24 points. while wall street has already closed the books on 2012, washington still has a few hours to go before its new year's day fiscal cliff deadline. darren gersh has the latest. >> reporter: after a weekend of late-night negotiations with the vice presidt, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said an agreement on the fiscal cliff was very, very close.
today in what could be the last chance to come talk before the u.s. falls off the fiscal cliff next week. >>> investors are bracing for the final eurozone bond sale of the year. italy will sell up to 6 billion later today. >> and the yen has been sent lower and stocks to their highest level in 21 months. >>> this is the final "worldwide exchange" from london of the year. louisa is here for it. >> i can't believe it. it's my last working day of the year, as well. >> is it? >> yes. >> unfortunately we'll still be talking about the same thing we're talking about now. >> although i feel we'll be talking more debt ceiling, as well. >> and speaking of which, president obama is trying a last ditch effort to restart budget talks days before the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff. speaker john boehner has called the house back into session sunday evening. house majority leader eric cantor is telling his members to be prepared to work through january 2nd. both sides are still far apart on taxes and spending cuts. harry reid says prospect deals by monday are unlikely. minority leader mitch mcconnell s
said, no one has been blameless. joining us now is the fox news middle east analyst. it is great to have you with us. what is your reaction first to her claim that she did not misrepresent and did not, if you will, lie about what happened in benghazi? >> she may be stating that the diversion of national security and the version given to her -- she said she did not commit a live with the american public knowing that it is. on the other hand, there was an assessment made in washington prior to that, the next two hours after the attack, saying clearly that this was a terrorist attack by armed people. in between the two, there is a political decision not to tell the truth as to what happened for political reasons. that is something that the ambassador cannot get out of. it would be in and also looking at everything that has happened before. it would have been in congress, and that is not something that's going to change the decision by congress. lou: i know that in washington dc there is a view strongly held by many. but a parallel view of the universe, although unrelated to the one
if the u.s. economy goes over the fiscal cliff. >>> and the fed takes the new and surprising step in its ongoing efforts to boost the economy, tying interest rates directly to the u.s. unemployment rate. >>> plus, investors cheering the plan to save danone's plans to offset losses over the next two years. >> announcer: you're watching "worldwide exchange," bringing you business news from around the globe. >>> welcome to the program. coming up on today's show, we'll be plenty busy. we head out to tokyo where carry enjoji has been talking about the upcoming elections. then, we hone in on central london where one pilot project is living roof and major buildings. find out what green living can do go r to improve the area. >>> and today, the 1 billionth international tourist will reportedly arrive at a destination in the world. at 11:20 central time, we'll speak to the world travel council to find out why france is still the world's top destination but more money is spent in the u.s. and central america is now a star performer. first, we want to get the latest news. looking for confidence out
. these are your headlines from around the world. >> with just one week to go before the u.s. economy goes over the fiscal cliff, lawmakers are pointing fingers and playing the blame game. >> mario monti is saying he's available to lead italy. he'll run for office in the upcoming election, but only for a party willing to push his agenda. >>> but he has competition in the form of sylvia berlusconi. he tells cnbc he feels a responsibility to run. >> feel the need to return to the political arena to prevent the country from being delivered into the hands of a leftist party. >> and the crowds are out, the stores are ringing up those sales, but u.s. shoppers may be running low on holiday spirit. and analysts say that they're spending less, as well. hi, everybody. welcome. merry christmas out there. thank you for joining us here on the show. what we're looking at today, we've got slightly quiet markets ahead of the u.s. open. what we're seeing, though, that all the markets are being called lower across the board stateside. the dow is being called a bit lower, nasdaq is being called a bit lower and th
the cmpany is seraching for a permanent ceo. larry shover of sfg alternatives joins us now for an early look at the market. good morning to you. and are we waiting for qe 4? > > i think we are, and i think we are going to see it. we saw the rally yesterday. i think a lot of that was just expectations that central bank liquidity is going to be with us for quite a long time. > we have had quite a rally in the market of late. what is going on there? > > we had a great rally, especially yesterday's rally, very macro-driven. and what i mean by that - it wasn't like one sector was rallying. we saw industrials, materials, technology, everything going up in concert. it was a very, very healthy rally. > so, what do you sell here larry? or do you just ride the wave? > > if you are in the equity market, i think you need to stay at normal valuations and just not worry with all the noise around you, because it's really priced in. fundamentally, the stock market is undervalued right now because of all the noise in europe, the fiscal cliff, and china. with that in mind, i think your best bet is to stay nea
three weeks left before the u.s. goes over the fiscal cliff. >>> italian shares are down nearly 3% this morning. for the most part, it is bank stocks leading the way down. we're now down about 2.76% on the ftse mib. bank stocks have been hit particularly hard this morning. earlier, we saw shares down 5.6%. we're seeing the same thing, whether it's bmps hitting session lows down nearly 6% comes amid concerns about leadership and economic reform in italy following mario monte's announcement that he'll resign once the budget has been passed. this move is likely to bring the country forward to elections next year. the italian prime minister has offered no clue as to whether or not he will run and it comes after sylvia berlusconi declared over the weekend he would throw his hat in the ring for the job of premier. carolyn ross is in italy following the details there. can you walk us through the time frame here? when are we expected monte to step down? what happens next? >> good morning to you, kelly. here is the time frame for you. over the next few weeks, we're expecting the budget sta
joins us later this hour. shibani: maybe the texas will be higher in 2013, but prices at the pump will be lower. some good news and some bad news. david: but first we will tell you what drove the market in today's data download. all three major indices closing to the red for the third day in a row. nine of 1 10 s&p sectors ended lower led by consumer discretionary and materials posted gains but they were the only ones out of the nine or 10 sectors. falling compared to the previous month up one year earlier. case-shiller index rising 4.3% compared to year ago. manufacturing utility slowing down, the federal reserve bank using five points from nine in november. numbers above zero indicating expanding activities but there is a slowing trend that has to be watched. shibani: let's take a look at what happened in the market. market action in the cme. telling us why volatility will be a friend of his environment. we have seen in the last few trading sessions getting near and near is a safer place, a hedge and a plea for a flocked to the dollar in hard-core assets like gold and others. wh
to avoid the fiscal cliff as the government starts taking steps to buy more time before the u.s. hits the debt ceiling. the yen hits a two-year low against the dollar as the new japanese government battles to weaken currency. exports are rising, pushing the nikkei to its strongest gain in 20 years. .shares of toyota are heading higher after the u.s. settled a class action lawsuit. the $1 billion payment is already priced in. okay. welcome to "worldwide exchange." plenty of news to watch out of washington. all of this week, we thought it would be a quiet one. but i won't be inside the beltway if they want to get something done. the u.s. will hit the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling come monday. in a letter to congressional leaders, geithner says treasury will begin taking steps to save the government about $2 billion. geithner says it's harder to predict a time frame because the ongone fiscal cliff talks make it difficult to forecast next year's budget. among the measures treasury will take including suspending state and local government securities and investments in the federal employee pe
washington quit playing us for fools and thinking this finger pointing is winning you friends. it is costing your country. leaving aside a major credit rating calling the politician's bluff did this hint if they come up with a keel that is stupid this will be hell? charles payne says that downgrade could be coming no matter what. warm, -- charles, what will happen? >>guest: the debt ceiling debate, july 29, they come up with an agreement and the president signs it august 2, and we are downgraded after the president signed. the deal was signed and it was done, they point to a lack of faith in the leaders and in washington, dc. they are saying the same thing. when i read that, and the quote is deficit cutting plan, you mention playing us as fools, we they just give it or wink sore say, guys this is not a real deal. >>neil: 9 rating agencies are under pressure since the housing problem, they will be extra cautious. you mentioned s&p downgrading and a debt deal that it deemed incoherent, dysfunctional and in the end the cuts were not real. what if we get a deal like that again, you say, we are w
to be the highest unemployment in history for two terms it is not careful. he will take us back into recession. if he wants serious negotiations that will sit down and me to some kind of an agreement. we have been down this road before where republicans of given on th taxes. was in the white house with reagan. they promised dollars in cuts. they didn't give us anything. bush went through the same drill when he broke his tax pledge, busch sr. we have had this history before. basically, tell us what you're going to do. there will be a stimulus by fixing he northeast from the storm. add another 50 billion out there on top of the package. and then the audacity of saying, i'm going to raise the debt ceiling whenever i want to. give me permission to do that. it's absolutely absurd. lou: the presidents reached exceing his grasp? >> we will ee. he clearly thinks that he is in a strong osition or you would not be trying this. i think he thinks that the optics work for him. >> but it was ms. mccall's idea in 2011 to give the president the power to raise the debt ceiling by himself. this was not some dmo
business is looking good for 2013, but going over the fiscal cliff could change that. >> tom: and the u.s. treasury speeds up plans to sell its stake in general motors. is the automaker ready to stand alone? >> susie: that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! >> tom: under the threat of a white house veto, the u.s. house of representatives is expected to vote tomorrow on the republican plan-b to avoid the fiscal cliff. house speaker john boehner thinks the house will okay the package, trying to turn the heat up on president obama to steer clear of automatic tax hikes and government spending cuts due to take affect in 12 days. still, as darren gersh reports, there are some signs the two sides are narrowing their differences. >> reporter: house republicans say they're still working on plan a: a big agreement with the president to cut spending and raise revenues, but they were pushing plan b today-- a tax hike for those making more than a million dollars. >> tomorrow the house will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every american. 99.81% of the american people. then the presi
looking for a job myself. cheryl: construction, there was a loss of 20,000. most of us expected a little bit of a game and that ector. >> maybe it will take a little bit longer to give up. my brother is still out of his house. they cannot get anyone to do work on it yet. cheryl: let's go over to the cme. i know that metals has been a big focus for a lot of traders today. what are you watching? >> just the price action in gold. it really gives the feedback. people, you know, maybe a risk on trade. it jumps back to the 17th 04 daily highs. that makes me believe i want to belong before the meeting and at the end of the year where we can hit that 1750 range. cheryl: very interesting. let's head over to the imax. i want to talk about a move that we are seeing in oil. it looks like some bearish signs for oil, in particular, when it comes to terms of supply. >> i think we get to 85 and then rebounds and get back up to the 88-89 level. the fiscal cliff talks not going anywhere yet. during the next two weeks we will start to see some positive remarks. one thing that is very interesting, heat and
friend from the technical world joining us moments in the second hour of "the closing bell." >>> and it is 4:00 p.m. on wall street. i'm mandy drury sitting in for maria bartiromo. this is where we're finishing the day on wall street. we're also finishing out the trading week as well. the nasdaq has been the underperformer all day because of apple. still sitting below 3,000. the dow managing to finish 80 points higher. the s&p 500 also stretching its legs, up by four points. bill, you're back. >> of course. we've just started without you here, mandy. i'm bill griffeth. let's find out who made money on wall street. i'm still getting dressed here. ralph is our mentor here. and there's our own rick santelli. so we just got started here. what do you think of this market? >> i'm ecstatic. >> you're ecstatic? >> yes. >> is that beyond bullish? >> yonbeyond bullish. if bad news can't take you down, that's good news. for the past couple weeks, that's all we've been getting. and the market is working its way higher. it's not only in the states. it's around the world whether it be ho
on, pressure on the price of oil, indisexposeble incomes and henry joins us now. 2013, what does pressure on the price of oil mean? >> downward, i think. i think what we see is some significant nonopec finds. we see falling u.s. demand, rising supply. we see miles driven. there's technology at play. probably the biggest thing that could happen to the auto industry and we can come on to that. that's only a few years out. the message from the futures market that we're get sg oil should be some $10 to $15 lower. if we were to get $10 off the oil price, it broadly equate toes about 1% gdp surprising the western world. it's that time of year where we're pending our thoughts to next year. tangible, economic prices to next year. it will be oil related, a chance, good job with raising the tax threshold in the uk. that means for the first year in five. uk link will be up, not down. and them i also think thattory thing our chancellor did a good job of was she raised taxes by 10 so companies can invest a 215 pounds, not just 200 pounds. >> that's a leverage the other governments have been t
next month. >> luca, stay with us. we want to bring you major news out of neighboring korea. south korea has chosen its first ever female president. cheri kay has all the news. how significant is the election of miss park? >> well, i mean, she's really made history, set to become south korea's first woman president. it was a very tight race, a very polarized election with park winning 51.5% of the votes. but in the end, south korea made a choice that means more hope of economic recovery. scenes of joy as the v in south korea's presidential poll. >> this election is your victory. this is a victory brought by the people's hope for overcoming crisis and economic recovery 37. >> the daughter of a former military leader will take office next year as the country's first female president, challenging syria types in a country traditionally ruled by men in suits. she will be tasked with getting the slowing economy back on track at a time when growth rates have risen to a meager 2% now. but she will need to do it in a way that appeases young voters who are calling for more balanced income di
got it? yes. rates for us and them -- now that's progressive. call or click today. happy holidays. have a good one. ♪ lou: good evening. this beakers failure to win republican support in the house for his plan the proposal on the fiscal cliff has embarrassed the speaker, but the speaker's failure means a solution to the fiscal cliff is, if they're going to be one, now resting squarely upon president obama. arsine to be vacationing president alone cannot propose gislation that wins majority support in both the house and senate, and the decision to go over the fiscal cliff now depends on his ability to successfully negotiate and to forge a compromise that appeals to both republicans and the far left in mr. obama's party. the president metwith senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that effort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parti
layaway accounts for families that can use the help. it is a trend sweeping the nation. as we talked about earlier, often bringing up the best in people, and super storm sandy was no exception. here is another example. michael of brooklyn, check this out, every day he is treading his death in his red suit with his red cent delivering presents to boys and girls. he gets requests from kids and has been blessed with a huge influx of the nation's. michael johnson the qualifies for the nice list, and i'm thankful they're out there. that's my "2 cents more." here is how you vote in on the poll question we asked on gerriwillis.com with the emphasis this holiday season, thanksgiving. merry christmas. happy holidays. have a good one. ♪ lou: good evening. this beakers failure to win republican support in the house for his plan the proposal on the fiscal cliff has embarrassed the speaker, but the speaker's failure means a solution to the fiscal cliff is, if they're going to be one, now resting squarely upon president obama. arsine to be vacationing president alone cannot propose legisl
would continue to grow, housing would continue to improve, but what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington. and if, you know, people start seeing that on january 1st this problem still hasn't been solved, that we haven't seen the deficit reduction that we could have had had the republicans been willing to take the deal that i gave them, if they say that people's taxes have gone up, which means consumer spending is going to be depressed, then, obviously, that's going to have an adverse reaction in the markets. >> what about automatic spending cuts? those take effect january 1st, as well. do they have to be part of this deal? you've got half of those cuts in defense law? >> well, congress agreed they would cut an additional $1.2 trillion in spending. they put a committee together to try to come up with those numbers. they didn't figure out how to do it. so what we now have is a situation where these automatic spending cuts go into place. now, if we have raised some revenue by the wealthy paying a little bit more, that would be sufficient to turn off what
declining 12.3%. liz: because of the chicago mercantile exchange. a buying opportunity. and michael tells us why he expects double-digit earnings growth in the new year in what that'll do for equities. jerry leavy at the cme. another was some erosion of the last couple of minutes, the last hour or two. headlines from president obama, john boehner. is this market a little overbought going at the end of the year? >> for my technical perspective, you're absolutely right. they have eclipsed the upper end, and overbought situation. from my perspective and my colleagues, we are shocked trying to figure out the market moving higher. a lot of it is trying to figure out, we know a deal will get done, the real question is what are the ramifications of the deal and how will that affect earnings. as a guy who follows earnings very closely, we see that the drop year-over-year. it was from government. a noted state tax receipts are down adjusted for inflation 1% from 2,082,012. earnings are down on the top line, where does the bigger earnings growth come from? david: we have manufacturing coming in saying
and materials were this week's top performing sectors and consumer staples and telecom land. demand for u.s. goods climbing for the sixth time rising zero.7% last month, after 1.1% gain in october. orders for goods excluding aircraft excluding increase for the sixth straight month jumping to.7%. and in december, potentially higher taxes and consumer sentiment index calling -- 72.92.seven in november. liz: we have to mulholland in the pits of the cme and stephen sacks telling us the best place to put our money along with john buckingham who tells us why he is not worried about the fiscal cliff, or i coined this one, cliffmaca. i am not getting a courtesy laugh from to mulholland. tell me what the pits were like, david has mentioned last night neil cavuto was right here, saying there is not going to be a vote because there's so much infighting with republicans, futures were plummeting. this could have been a much uglier day but what happened? >> it was the global trading overnight and opened up. the volume was fairly light but the news was a shock so we got a steep drop. barista lot error of
us for more is alan capp, head of credit straebtegyt lloyds. alan, let's get your reaction. the number is going in the right direction. does it make much of a difference? >> right now the equity markets have had a great run. they're looking a bit overstretched. so i'm strul link to see how financial markets will respond positively to this. i think we need something bell to repel us forward. >> what do these numbers translate into in your forecast? >> what these are suggesting to us is manufacturing will not be able to support any growth in the eurozone, so it suggests that the downturn in gdp is likely to continue into fourth quarter, remain in recession and that's obviously a struggle on global growth, as well. >> and we stay in recession in the first quarter? we're now in december. >> there are some signs particularly the china pmi numbers and what we've seen from gdp recently that maybe some of the markets key to u.s. exporters may be showing signs of stabilizing, maybe get to growth. so that might mean moderation in the eurozone might ease in the first quarter. but agai
for joining us. have a great night. see you right back here tomorrow. ♪ lew: good evening, everybody. u.s. foreign policy in the middle east in question at this hour. violence spiring out of control in syria after 20 months of civil unrest and the deaths of at least 40,000 murdered civilians at the hands of their own government. united states and nato agreeing to deploy patriot weapons and to thwart an aso-called by assad. the missile systems to be positioned near the syria. his staff denies that and estimates if they were deploy troops, it requires 75,000 of the troops in a full ground invasion in order to seize the chemical weapon stockpile. fox news confirming they were not ordered to draft the consideration of such a mission. secretary of state clinton is nonetheless talking very tough calling for assad to step down as the obama administration has done for the past 15 months, but refusing, still, to detail which consequences those would be. >> we will explore with like-minded countries what more we can do to bring the conflict to an end, but that will require the assad regime making t
ground. >> susie: i'm susie gharb. the u.s. stock markeis expeed to be the world's best performer in 2013. that's the prediction of john rogers of the c.f.a. institute. he joins us tonight. >> tom: and new rules for health care also are around the corner. tonight, we look at how small businesses are preparing for the changes. >> susie: that and more tonight on nbr! >> tom: there's no deal, but the two sides are still talking. house speaker john boehner and president obama met earlier this evening at the white house in an effort to move forward the stalled fiscal cliff talks. there are now just 18 days before the tax hikes and spending cuts thatake up the clf take efft, and today, there were few signs of progress. as darren gersh reports, the tone of the talks, if anything, is getting worse. >> reporter: house democratic leader nancy pelosi may just have a second career as a stock analyst. her commentary on the markets today was dead on. >> so far, they trust that we would not be so stupid as to go over a cliff. >> reporter: but pelosi made clear what everyone knows-- time is running out t
point republicans are hammering. >> the u.s. economy is estate here. millions of families are counting on us to do something. look. it is the president's job, his job to find a solution that can pass the congress. he is the only one you can do it >> the president's response has been to make clear, he is already compromising. >> during the course of these negotiations i offered to compromise with republicans in congress. i met them halfway on taxes and and i met them more than halfway on spending. >> and the president addressed as in the briefing room tonight, he urged lawmakers to go home for christmas. maybe even drink a little bit of eggnog, calmed down, cool off, week in order to try to work all this out. the president now headed to ally himself tospend christmawith his family. on his way out the door he told us, see you next week whhch means he is coming back before new year's eve in order to deal with this mess. lou: was named david axelrod who said see you later. it turns out mr. obama was paying attention. ed henry, fox news chief white house correspondent. president obama nomin
limit battles to be an irresponsible use of congressional power. >> i will not negotiate around the debt ceiling. we are not going to play the same game that we played in 2011, which was hugely destructive. hurt our economy. provided more uncertainty to the business community than anything else that happened. >> reporter: the house will vote on the republican plan b tomorrow. veterans of washington's budget battles wouldn't be surprised to see a plan c or d before a final resolution is hammered out. darren gersh, "n.b.r.," washington. >> susie: the threat of the fiscal cliff was a big topic at an investor conference in new york today hosted by johnson controls. this wisconsin-based industrial conglomerate is a leading provider of products to make buildings energy efficient, and it's also the world's largest maker of car batteries and automotive seats. c.e.o. stephen roell told me he's worried that uncertainty about the fiscal cliff could hurt consumer confidence, and his business. >> we don't do that. as the consumer, i products to costumers like the big three, that in turn sell to the
that u.s. lawmakers will have a deal. we are kind of to the downside. with that, i will send it back to you guys. dagen: what can we expect volume to look like? >> typically, any traders take the week off. a couple of days off. you have a lower volume. yesterday, there was a lot of conviction. volume was up considerably based on the one-week average. it has been a little bit better than usual. dagen: thank you so much, lauren. we will give people comments when they start. the white house saying president obama will veto the gop's plan b for the fiscal cliff saying it does not meet balance. douglas holtz aiken, former director of the budget office, joining us with more. if not now, then when the heck? >> hopefully by december 31. i think it is very important for us to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. all bad news for americans. you like to think that they are getting closer to gather. the fact that the white house rejected a plan b is not good. dagen: $1 trillion raised in revenue by congressman boehner's plan. that is pretty close, is it not remark it is true that the numbers have
are springing back into action. and, if you used your smartphone to shop this christmas, you're in fashion. it was the year's top retail trend. we have that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! a dramatic cliff-hanger today between washington and wall street about the fiscal cliff. stocks initially sold off after senate majority leader harry reid predicted the economy would go over the cliff. speaking from the senate floor he said there's not enough time between now and the end of the year to reach a deal. but stocks erased their losses ithe final hour of trading on news that the house of representatives will reconvene on sunday night to resume talks. by the closing bell, the dow was down only 18 points, bouncing back from a triple digit loss, the nasdaq lost four, and the s&p slipped almost two points. so what happens next? and can lawmakers prevent an economic crisis by agreeing on a fiscal cliff deal? darren gersh reports. >> reporter: here is a measure of how bad things are now in washington. markets rallied on news the house will come back to work on sunday, even though there is no solution
involved. lori: we have larry in the pits of the cme. telling us why the pessimism on the fiscal cliff is making him bullish, believe it or not. and it is time to get defensive. larry, we will begin with you. how can you see this sorting out at the end of the day, a big deal, a little deal, no deal at all, what is the outcome? larry: the odds are pointing to a mini deal. expectations for a big deal are fading and fading quickly. it looks like it will be a mini deal with the tax extension will help those making under $250,000 per year and will not address the debt ceiling or spending or anything like that, it will be a patchwork of things that will make the market very nervous but given it is christmas eve, people are little bit negative but most christmas shopping. david: larry, round this time the irs issues its formal withholding guidance for the coming year. >> it'll be a bigger document than what we are used to because it will be giving guidance they are not sure even how to give guidance because they don't know what will happen. what i have been told by traders and people working
the embargo's lifted. thomas herzfeld, of thomas herzfled advisors joins us. that and more tonight on "n.b.r."! president obama says he's "modestly optimistic" a fiscal deal can be reached in time. he said he's instructed senator harry reid and senator mitch mcconnell to come up with a plan that can pass in congress. his brief comments a short while ago came after a white house meeting today with congressional leaders that ended with no deal. ahead of that, investors lost hope lawmakers can come together in the time remaining. in the last few minutes of trading, stocks sold off. the dow tumbled 158 points, the nasdaq lost 25, and the s&p fell over 15 points. here's darren gersh with more on the critical work that has to get done in washington this weekend. >> port: thpresident declared himself modestly optimistic congress could still reach an agreement to head off huge tax hikes on january first, but he also warned lawmakers to get their work done. >> the american people are not going to have patience with a self-inflicted wound on the economy. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch
, tell us how they did. nicole: the one i would talk about that really represents what went on with the financials is bank of america. bank of america hit a 52 week high, sold off, was like a number one loser in if the dow, number two loser in the dow and then moved back and came up off the lows. so it shows you the financials really drive the market one way or another. you really get a good feel. david: bank of america is up over 100% this year even with today's loss. it has incredible turnaround. [closing bell ringing] shibani: the bells are ringing on wall street. it was a roller coaster ride of a day. let's take a look at how stocks are finishing up. it's well on the fence here as to where we're going to close. the dow is lower right now. down about 20 points. the s&p 500 down just about 2 points. nasdaq also eking out a loss, 4.2 points and then the russell also ending the day in the red. david: it was just positive, the dow just moments ago, but it is the turnaround, 150 points since the story. also a trading day for oil, big rally in yesterday's session where it went
in the next couple of days or the very beginning of next week for us to have engineered our way to a solution. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff is really a negotiation between two men, and one of them today was not sounding very happy. house speaker john boehner brought out the charts to make his case. >> here we are at the eleventh hour, and the president still isn't serious about dealing with this issue right here. it's this issue-- spending. >> reporter: the president left his spokesman to respond that republicans were pushing a plan of fantasy economics that raised more revenues while also cutting taxes on the wealthy. >> what spending cuts have the republicans put forward? the proposal that we've seen is a two-page letter, and the much- discussed second proposal is less than half a page. there is no specificity behind what the republicans have put forward. >> reporter: right now, the risk is rising that we will avoid the fiscal cliff, but end up with what some call a worst case outcome. >> we get some sort of hoaky deal that's put together with gimmicks and baseline adjustments and all that
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